European E5 long-distance trail: Hirzer Hut - Meraner Hut

General description

The European hiking trail E5 is 3,200 kilometres long and leads from the Atlantic coast of France across the Alps to Venice. A highlight of the entire trail leads through the hiking area of Schenna, via the Hirzer Hut to the Meraner Hut on Meran 2000.

Route description

A part of the long-distance hiking trail E5 runs through South Tyrol in four stages, one of them through the Hirzer hiking area. From the Hirzer Hut (1,980 m), which was inaugurated in 1874 as the first Alpine Club hut in South Tyrol, the trail goes uphill, partly with climbing passages, to the Hirzerscharte and from there to the Kratzberger lake at 2,128 m. Along a slope with numerous beautiful views the trail leads to the Meraner Hut at 1,960 m altitude in the sun-soaked skiing and hiking area of Meran 2000.

Description to arrive at destination

From Merano in the direction of Schenna and on to Verdins to the valley station of the cable car Verdins-Tall.
From Merano in the direction of Passeiertal Valley and on to Saltaus to the valley station oft the cable car Hirzer.


Parking lot cable car Verdins or parking lot cabel car Hirzer

Public transport

Bus line 231 from Meran to Schenna/Verdins (bus stop: Verdins)
Bus line 240 from Meran to Passeiertal Valley (bus stop: Saltaus – cable car Hirzer)

Safety instructions

Only for hikers who are sure-footed and free from giddiness.

Before setting out on your day excursion, please make sure of the weather and trail conditions. 


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